California Department of Transportation

High Point Curve Realignment Project

This project has been designed to improve the safety along 1 mile of US 395 by realigning horizontal and vertical curves, expanding the shoulder width from 2 to 8 feet, and reduce  rockfall concerns.   The location of the project is adjacent to Topaz Lake approximately 0.5 mile south of the California Agricultural Inspection Station, post mile 118.7 to 119.6.  This $17.2 million project, which will be completed in October 2012, will provide a safer travel experience for motorists. The contractor is Disney Construction, Inc of Burlingame, CA.

High Point Curve Realignment Project Map

Photo Log

New Information as of June 20, 2013:

  • Staining of the walls is continuing and is expected to be complete in July.
  • Paving on the final alignment is complete. Although the initial base material did not meet specifications, the replacement base material did meet specifications and is now in place. Paving was delayed because the paving sub‐contractor did not show up as the contractor had scheduled.
  • Remaining work includes installing guardrail, pavement striping, grinding in rumblestrips, installing signs, placing erosion control, and project cleanup. One‐way reversing traffic control during weekdays (except 4th and 5th of July), will continue as needed until the project is complete. Expect delays up to 20 minutes during one-way reversing traffic control.
  • The project should have been complete by October 25, 2012, so per the contract, liquidated damages are being assessed daily. However, the Contractor is working to complete the contract.
  • The current estimate of project completion is August 2013.
  • The contract with Disney Construction was approved March 28, 2012. Bid information is available here


Construction began April 2012. The following activities and dates are the best estimate available at this time.

  • April 2012: install construction area signs, stormwater protection, etc.
  • May 2012: major earthwork (which includes night work during night closure period), begin construction of retaining walls.
  • June 2012 through November 2012: continue work on retaining walls, install anchored mesh on slopes, realign roadway.
  • December 2012 to August 2013: complete concrete work on retaining walls, final paving, install guardrail, project cleanup.

For More Information Contact

  • Cedrik Zemitis, Caltrans Project Manager, 760-872-5250 or
  • Florene Trainor, Caltrans Public Information Officer, 760-872-5235 or
  • For general State highway information: 1-800-427-ROAD (7623) or


High Point Curve photo 1

High Point Curve photo 2